4 Careers That You Can Get Started in Without a Degree

Category : jobs

Once you are ready to move on with your life after a conviction, it is time to start thinking about future career options. There is still an abundance of exceptional job opportunities for you, despite having a criminal record and not having a degree. Here are four of the top fields to consider that you can jump into without having a formal degree.

Farmers and Ranchers

Unlike a lot of careers that might eventually be automated, there will always be a need for farmers and ranchers. In truth, agriculture is a growing industry that needs a constant inflow of new talent. This is a good career choice for people who enjoy being outside and working with their hands. As a bonus, you will stay in good in shape. While it is hands-on work, it’s worth noting that farming equipment and practices have advanced to make life on the farm safer and more rewarding. Some positions in this industry also afford you the chance to work with animals.


Bartending is a fun side job that also pays well. Because most prime shifts are at night and on weekends, it makes an ideal second income. Although there is no degree required to be a bartender, training will be necessary for this position. According to Aim to Serve, “your employer will appreciate a bartender who also has safety training and are able to cut off customers when they’ve reached their limits.”

Business and Sales

If you enjoy networking and working with people, then you are definitely cut out for the business world. In many cases, sales people work for themselves, set their own schedules, and can earn as much as they are able to sell. When you don’t have the start-up capital to invest in a business, then there are options for joining an MLM or network marketing company that has a low cost of entry and the infrastructure to support business growth. As Tranont explains, “No background checks. No required work experience, knowledge, skills, or abilities. No drug tests. Nobody is going to judge your capabilities off of your work history or the amount of time you stayed with or were fired from a particular job. You completely get to determine your future.” Going into business for yourself can be a great way to feel empowered while making money.

Radiologic Technologist

The healthcare industry continues to experience explosive job growth, making it a good choice for those people looking to pursue a new career path. A radiologic technologist is a trained healthcare worker who specializes in imaging processes such as X-rays, mammograms, MRIs, and CT scans. While you don’t need a degree, most jobs in this field will require certification. Radiological technicians must be good with their hands and have exceptional communication skills.

It is important to remember that you still have career options even if you do not have a degree. With the right research and planning, you can put yourself in a position to succeed and get your life back on track.

Homage to Our Brother and Friend

Category : appreciation

On March 12, 2019, we received a phone call to rush to the hospital. As we walked into the doors of the Emergency Room at MCV, we received the news that our brother was gone.

Mr. Husain El-Amin served the people. He turned his past into a path for redemption. He worked at the homeless shelters in the City of Richmond, he mentored youth, he provided housing for those in need, he was a certified state home inspector for Commonwealth Catholic Charities and he was a champion in the fight for criminal justice reform. Through lived experience, he was in a fight to deter others from going through the systems that he went through. He was not only our brother; he was our friend and our partner in the fight for justice. Thank you for all of the support and help. Though it is time for you to rest, we will continue our fight…

Rest in power


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